Mesa Boogie Repair – Maverick (Dual Rectifier)

Mesa Boogie Repair - Dual Rectifier Maverick

This Mesa Boogie repair was one of the nicest amps to play, but one of the longest repairs of the year I’m afraid!

In this case, the Maverick had a problem with the channel switching. After a few minutes the rhythm channel would increase in volume, and the lead channel would bleed through an unpleasant fuzzy distortion. The fault was fixed by the opto-isolator replacement in the switching circuit.

It’s never a good thing to discover that your amp is faulty, but a broken amp is particularly bad news for owners of Mesa Boogie amplifiers. This is because Mesa Boogie construct their amplifiers in a way that lengthens the repair time.

The reason is that the amplifier is soldered into position on all four sides. Any changes to the board must be done after completely dismantling the amp (taking 30minutes each time). If several things are replaced in a more complex job, then the costs quickly mount up. Before I add to any myths, it’s NOT because the amplifier is PCB, it’s perfectly possible to make a PCB amp that’s easy to repair! It’s also possible to make a Point to Point amp that’s a nightmare to repair as well – I’ve seen them!

Anyway, what an absolutely great tone this Mesa Boogie has when it’s cranked. It’s completely unlike the rest of the Dual Rectifier series. The Black Widow speakers in this particular combo are brilliant speakers.

If you have a mesa boogie repair, please do get in touch and we’ll talk it through.

Marshall – 2205 Repair


This 2205 repair came to me following an unsuccessful operation by another tech.

The 2205 were a new step for Marshall – and were one of a group of amplifiers that formed the ancestors of many channel switching amps we now take for granted – including amps by Mesa Boogie, Cornford, Hughes & Kettner, Marshall’s own JCM 2000 (DSL and TSL) and too many more to mention.

Modern Marshalls use relays for switching, but the 2205 uses a transistor array. Unfortunately it was that chip in this 2205 repair that turned out to be faulty. My customer tells me that there were 3 2205 versions, of which this is the second (1987 I think).

The original switching circuit has problems with popping that the original repairer had worked on. Unfortunately in doing so they had damaged the transistor in the switching chip that shorts out the distortion channel during clean mode. This meant that both channels passed the distorted signal. Oops!

I replaced the damaged chip and added a little extra anti-pop protection.

The amplifier also had hum problems, which were fixed by a partial implementation of the 3rd 2205 version. Swapping the triodes that were used for different functions (spring reverb and gain stage) reduced the hum to a very low level.

Disclaimer/Myth avoidance: Transistors and CMOS switches are good for switching some things, relays are good for others. Transistor switches don’t affect tone any more than relays if they’re correctly implemented.

If you have a Marshall 2205 repair job for me, please get in touch.